Santa Clara University

2014-2105 President's Speaker Series

Madeleine Albright

Economy and Security in the 21st Century

How can America retain its leadership role amidst rapid globalization? Is America truly the indispensable nation? How do domestic politics influence foreign policy?

May 5, 2015
Mayer Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
President Speaker Series - Madeleine Albright

Drawing on her experiences as secretary of state during the Clinton years, Madeleine Albright will offer her thoughts on some of the most controversial topics of our time. During the eight years of the Clinton administration, Albright was a high-level participant in some of the most dramatic events in our generation- from NATO's intervention in the Balkans to America's troubled relations with Iran and Iraq.

Born in Prague in 1937, Madeleine Albright made history in 1997 when she was named the first female secretary of state and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S government. In 2012 President Obama awarded the nation's highest civilian honor-the U.S. Medal of Freedom-to Albright, citing her inspirational life, and her scholarship and insight that continue to make the world a better, more peaceful place.

Albright is the author of five New York Times best-sellers. Her most recent book, Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948, tells the story of Albright's experiences and those of her family during and immediately after World War II.

She holds a degree in political science from Wellesley College and earned her Ph.D. at Columbia University.

Join us for a candid and insightful talk from one of the few people who have both witnessed and shaped the course of history.

Madeleine Albright portrait by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders